otkaznik (otkaznik) wrote,

...Last year, the British government rejected a request for an inquiry into the killing of 43-year-old Litvinenko, so as not to damage relations with Russia.

But, with heightened tensions between London and Moscow, Home Secretary Theresa May yesterday announced that Sir Robert Owen – senior judge and coroner in the Litvinenko inquest – will chair the inquiry.

The dramatic U-turn is thought to be the latest bid by Whitehall to further isolate Putin and force him into weakening his tough stance on Ukraine. But Downing Street denied the announcement was linked to the situation and that the timing was coincidental...

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